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Woodworking Shop Setup On A Budget – Part 1 of 2

wood shop photoOne of the best hobbies in the entire world is woodworking. This is a hobby that both men and women can enjoy. If you are considering taking up this wonderful hobby then you need to do it correctly and affordably. The following article will help you to design a woodworking shop that will enhance your woodworking experiences.

The first mistake that many novice woodworkers do when designing a woodworking shop is to design it too small. You will need a shop that is large enough to accommodate all of your present woodworking tools and machinery. It should be big enough to also accommodate any future purchases of new equipment. Therefore, your first step is to spend some time and figure out what type of equipment you will eventually want to have.

Every woodworking shop has a set of hand tools but not all woodworking shops use power equipment. There are woodworkers who only prefer to use hand woodworking tools. A shop for this type of woodworker will not need to be as large as a shop that utilizes power tools. When designing a workshop for power tools you will need to consider not only the measurement of the equipment but also any proper safety distances when using the machinery.

For example, most table saws are approximately 4 feet by 4 feet. You will be required to stand and feed the material from the front of the table saw and then have room to have the material leave the table saw after it has been cut. This would require an area of approximately 10 feet long by 6 feet wide. This will be for only one machine and therefore you can see the importance of making sure that your woodworking shop is large enough.

A miter saw requires less floor area than a table saw. The saw itself will probably be approximately 2 feet wide and 2 feet deep. This type of saw requires that the lumber is placed in front of the saw. This saw allows you to cut long pieces of lumber into smaller pieces. Therefore, you will need at least 2 feet of depth and 10 feet of width. You should also allow at least another two feet in front of the saw to stand safely.

A band or scroll saw will require a floor area of 3 feet by 5 feet. These type of saws are usually used for cutting smaller pieces. You can purchase a band or scroll saw that will fit on top of a counter or table or you can purchase them with their own floor stands. Other important power tools in a workshop will include table mounted planers, routers and shapers. These pieces of equipment require a front loading and a rear removing area just like the table saw. You can leave approximately 10 feet by 3 feet for each of these power tools.

So far, we have used up 185 square feet of floor space for your woodworking shop. However, your shop has more items to add. We can start with the workbench space requirement. A woodworking workbench is probably the place that you will spend most of your time. You will use the bench area for assembling projects, mounting a variety of smaller woodworking machines and devices, and use it for painting, staining, and finishing your projects.

A proper woodworking bench, at the minimum, needs to be 3 feet deep by 6 feet wide. However, most experienced woodworkers will tell you that the longer you can in length, the better. You will also need a storage area for lumber and other items. Once again, the bigger the storage area the more advantageous it will be. A large storage area will allow you to buy items on special or that have been discounted in price. The money that you save on these items will allow you to buy better quality woodworking tools.

Stay tuned for Part 2 on building a quality shop on a budget. You will see that it can be done for less with a little thinking on your part.

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Updated: June 12, 2015 — 2:23 pm
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